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Combating Climate Change, Desertification and Sandstorms: A Collaborative Approach

  • Chengyi ZhangEmail author
  • Rong Gao
  • Jun Wu
  • Zhongxia Yang
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Part of the Research Series on the Chinese Dream and China’s Development Path book series (RSCDCDP)

Abstract

Desertification and dust storms are the result of both human activity and natural causes. Changes in wind speed, precipitation, temperature, and humidity due to climate change can cause desertification and dust storms, and increase the intensity of such phenomena. Human activity such as land development and overgrazing destroy vegetation cover, and cause the occurrence of aggravation of desertification and dust storms as a result; upstream irrigation and urbanization can lead to the seasonal drying up of downstream rivers, lakes and other water bodies and thus become a new or enhanced source of sand. So far, natural sandstorm activity is still the main source of sand and dust input into the atmosphere. The main areas of modern sandstorm activity may become drier in the future due to climate change. As for the subject of land use by humans, it is necessary for us to pay close attention to its long-term effects on the climate and also on its interaction with various climate elements and the environmental effects caused by such interactions. The deployment of the appropriate technical measures can play a role in alleviating desertification and dust storms.

Keywords

Climate change Desertification Dust storms Changes in land use Impact of climate change 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Chengyi Zhang
    • 1
    Email author
  • Rong Gao
    • 1
  • Jun Wu
    • 2
  • Zhongxia Yang
    • 3
  1. 1.National Climate Center, China Meteorological AdministrationBeijingChina
  2. 2.Ministry of Environmental Protection, Nanjing Institute of Environmental SciencesNanjingChina
  3. 3.Arxan Meteorological Bureau in Inner MongoliaArxanChina

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